In a game chock full of miscues and big plays, Boone Central/Newman Grove made too many of the former and Wayne capitalized on more of the latter, as the host Blue Devils upended BC/NG 34-30 in a battle of Class C1 Top 10 teams Friday night.
Boone Central/Newman Grove allowed not only one, but two, kickoff return touchdowns by Wayne, suffered four turnovers, and committed 13 penalties for 125 yards in an often-ragged performance.
As Cardinal Coach Mark Hudson noted after the game, “We had some breakdowns – some were caused by Wayne and some of them we just couldn’t get out of our own way.”
Wayne had its share of mistakes in the contest, as well – two turnovers and 11 penalties – but, along with the two kickoff returns, also returned a punt 54 yards to set up a touchdown, and used 24 and 35-yard touchdown passes from Beau Bowers to Mason Lee in the fourth quarter to snatch the C1-5 District win.
Boone Central/Newman Grove finished with a 430-277 edge in total yards and a whopping 28-13 first down advantage, but that did not translate to a Cardinal victory.
“Very frustrating night,” Hudson acknowledged. “We moved the ball well for a second straight week, but had three turnovers and critical penalties inside the red zone – those were big.
“Defensively, we played fairly well for 2 1/2 quarters. Wayne stayed in the game with their special teams. A lot of that is a result of our lack of depth, as we obviously got caught having too many backup players on coverage teams.
“It’s only one game and it’s early – but in football, every game counts,” Hudson noted. “We’ll find out what kind of character this group of young men have. I’m optimistic – they knew after the game it was more ‘on us’ – with penalties, turnovers and missed tackles – than what Wayne did that was the difference.”
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